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Obama out: President takes last shots at official Washington

President Barack Obama concludes his remarks after speaking at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy.


Original Tintin 'King Ottokar's Sceptre' art sells for $1.2 mn

Tintin works by the Belgian artist Herge are becoming increasingly popular with collectors"This is only the second time a Tintin plate has exceeded a million euros," Eric Leroy, comic book expert at French auction house Artcurial, told AFP. Artcurial had estimated Saturday's lot would fetch between 600,000 and 800,000 euros, before fees. "Herge's universe still conquers," added Leroy, referring to the cartoonist behind the famous comic.


Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion

FILE - In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn performs at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, Glenn is denouncing his faith in his latest music video. The lead singer of the Provo-based band released the video Friday, April 29, 2016 for a single titled "Trash," in which he appears to be trashing the church. (Photo Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, the lead singer of a popular rock band is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.


Big Freedia twerking her way to stardom
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Talk about your ups and downs.
Jazz Fest: Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dog acts canceled by rain
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thunderstorms forced the cancellation of Saturday's late acts at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, including scheduled appearances by Stevie Wonder, rapper Snoop Dogg, Beck and others.
Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

Sweden's Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf arrive in an open carriage for lunch hosted by the City of Stockholm at the City Hall, part of the celebrations for the king's birthday, in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency via AP) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.


Cowabunga! Ninja Turtles are official NYC ambassadors
NEW YORK (AP) — Cowabunga, dudes! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are New York City's official family ambassadors for 2016.
Strahan-Ripa breakup isn't TV's first botched transition

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 file photo, Deborah Norville attends 24th Annual Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Awards in New York. Norville replaced Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show in 1989 and then became host of "Inside Edition." (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — "Live with Kelly and Michael" host Kelly Ripa emerged from her brief "strike" this past week on stronger footing, having extracted an apology from Walt Disney Co. officials for giving her little advanced word that her co-host Michael Strahan was leaving for "Good Morning America."


Copyright expires on Bolero, world's most famous classical crescendo

Musicians of the "Orchestre Lamoureux" perform Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" in 2013 in NantesAlmost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero". As the work lasts 17 minutes, it is therefore playing at all times somewhere," said Laurent Petitgirard of France's Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM). Written in 1928 and performed on November 22 of that year at Paris' Opera Garnier, the symphonic work, which grows steadily louder as it progresses, was originally a ballet piece ordered by Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein, a friend and sponsor of the French composer Maurice Ravel.